Chief’s Husain Abdullah Penalized For Thanking The Wrong God (VIDEO)

The Kansas City Chiefs upset over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football just became the most controversial topic circulating the web. However, the 41-14 blowout is not what is grabbing the headlines; it is the shocking penalty called against Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah after he kneeled for a post-touchdown prayer.

Husain Abdullah post-touchdown prayer

Screenshot of Husain Abdullah post-touchdown prayer

 

Abdullah was penalized 15-yards and may be fined by the NFL for doing what many NFL players regularly do after scoring a touchdown. As matter of fact, celebratory prayers have even worked their way into popular culture. After Tim Tebow’s touchdown prayers—Tebowing—became a worldwide trend, it is difficult to defend the NFL from this shameful penalty, as anything other than a discriminatory call. What makes Husain Abdullah different from Tim Tebow and many others before him? Husain is a Muslim. Watch Video Here!

 

Tim Tebow, "Tebowing" in end zone.

Tim Tebow, “Tebowing” in end zone.

Tebowing Viral Trend

Tebowing Viral Trend

If football is America’s sport, shouldn’t it also uphold America’s fundamental freedoms, including the First Amendment? It appears that constitutional rights have been overridden by NFL selective “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalties. Freedom of religion may no longer apply on the football field, as evidence by selective penalization for Muslim religious expressions.

In an extraordinary display of top-notch athleticism, Abdullah picked off a pass in the fourth quarter from New England Patriots’ all-star quarterback Tom Brady and maneuvered his way down the field 39-yards for a touchdown. The fans excitement reached a record high noise level of 142.2 decibels, shattering the Guinness world record of 137.6 decibels set last December in Seattle by the Seahawks. The unexpected penalty that followed spontaneously shifted the celebratory cheers into angry outbursts.

Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) of the NFL rulebook states that “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”

The penalty was called immediately after Husain kneeled and bowed his head down in the end zone. It is fundamentally no different than “Tebowing” or “sign of the cross” the most common Christian celebratory religious expression prevalent on the football field. Apparently, the NFL exception that was made for Tim Tebow—kneeling in prayer—only applies for religious expressions with one leg kneeled down. If Muslim players wish to thank God by traditionally bowing down on two knees, it will cost their team 15 yards and a possible fine.

The officiating crew specified the penalty called was “excessive celebrating” and “unsportsmanlike conduct; going to the ground.” If the call was made in good faith, perhaps the penalty was called in strict accordance to ancient rules, which do not consider all religious faiths. This is the perfect opportunity for the NFL commissioner to rectify this mishap by modifying the rulebook to demonstrate the principle of equality is universally applied across the league.